Dropped Delhi may host IPL matches, says DDCA

Contrary to reports, Delhi has not been entirely dropped as a venue for the Indian Premier League and the city might host a few games of the Twenty20 event’s second edition, DDCA president Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.

“Some matches could still be worked out as per the new schedule sent to the Home Ministry. We are in constant touch with Chief Minister and Police authorities,” Jaitley said.

“I am in constant touch with the authorities and I am hopeful that some matches will be played in Delhi. May be some matches presently planned for Gujarat could be shifted to Delhi. We have proposed new dates for matches in Delhi only after May 6,” he added.

Sources said while Chief Minister has given her nod to the hosting of the matches, the police have apparently declined to give the green signal citing lack of security forces due to the upcoming general elections.

Sources said the police authorities have suggested feasible dates only after the counting of votes.

However, Union Home Minster P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that a decision on the fate of the second edition of the event will be taken soon after the Ministry received feedback from the concerned state governments on the revised schedule.

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